As forecasted for a few days now It’s snowing heavily this morning. It was one of the nice storms that didn’t start out as hours of virga. It was more less from nothing to moderate snow and started laying immediately. Really though it’s a wasted snow storm like most this year where it’ll change to ice then rain but you gotta take what you can get. Not every year can be really well performing winters like the past few have been.
I’ve always been curies as to why every time it snows people feel the need to go to the store and buy milk and eggs and bread. Why these items and not something that won’t spoil if you were to lose power. The part I always laugh at is even in the worst storms in most of the world things will be back to normal within a day or two. Even if you can’t drive someplace most people could (gasp) walk to get what they may need.
It seems around presidents day we’ve had a few of our biggest snow storms. There’s still enough cold air readily available and a bit more energy available as spring is approaching. This year we’ll have a storm that starts with heavy snow with a few inches of it accumulating. That will change to sleet then freezing rain as warmer air works in aloft first. That seems to be the way things are going with every storm this year.
Things aligned right for us to get a snow storm and snow it did. It was cold throughout the storm and no mixing issues like I am oh so used to growing up near Philly watching that changeover line moving inlaid from the coast. It was hard to measure this snow if not impossible so I would just eyeball it and say a little over two feet fell here in Mount Joy.
Another week and more snow.. This should bring the Lancaster county area their heaviest snow of the year so far with six inches plus of the white stuff. It’ll be a wet snow compared to the very fluffy powdery stuff we’ve had for the past couple of years. I’ll enjoy watching it fall. We’ve already received a half inch or so here in Mount Joy Pennsylvania from snow showers. No bitter arctic temperatures with this storm either.
Well it looks like we’ll get maybe 2-4 inches of snow here. Not really something to complain about but more would be nice. To our east and north east they may again get 6 inches or more. We’ve had very little snowfall here this winter with plenty of wasted cold air here in Lancaster county. Maybe next time.
It is looking like we’ll be getting a couple of inches of snow here Tuesday into Wednesday. I can’t complain about that.. It’s funny how the past couple of years the heavier snow has been to our east over towards Philly and New Jersey and to the south. Growing up in Bensalem it seemed like there was always more snow in the northern and western suburbs of Philly while we were always close to that dreaded mix line and seemingly always received at least some sleet mixed in.
While we didn’t get much snow from Sunday/Monday’s Storm here in central Pennsylvania we got plenty of wind. Sunday night starting around midnight I guess I just was hearing a constant wind, not guts like it usually is. That continued as Jersey and New York got slammed with snow with the storm bombing off the coast. The wind continued Monday and apparently may have blown a couple of shipping containers from a train into the river off the bridge near Harrisburg.
Yesterday we had a good snow storm. Very little wind occurred with it but snowfall rates of maybe 2 or 3 inches an hour happened Friday night. I saw it snowing heavier than I remember seeing it snow before. By the end of the storm we had about 20 inches of snow on the ground. Not bad considering the storm was forecast to be better just south of us which has happened more than once this year.
This season so far has been pretty good for snow.. Saturday was our third snowfall of the year and Lancaster set anew record December snowfall at 16 inches. Southern parts of the county received 20 inches or more and northern parts received as little as 8 inches of snow. Here at home we got about a foot. Rain for Christmas though will probably help melt a lot of the snow away then early January looks to be warmer.
It’s March first and looks like we might actually get some snow. State college has us under a winter storm warning for five to eight inches of snow here. The problem is we’ll be on the back edge of the precipitation and it’ll have a sharp cutoff. I’ll take the snow though. It’s much better than anything we’ve had so far this winter. Now my at my parents' house in Bucks county are forecast to get eight to fourteen inches.
Yesterday a strong storm system developed and moved into the great lakes bringing with it a strong cold front. We had highs in the 60s with Sun most of the day and that helped create a really impressive squall line moving east across Pennsylvania. At one point it was moving east at 75 mph but it was just a bit too late for us in northwest Lancaster county. I broke up and we barely got a shower.
We had a nice moisture rich storm system move from the gulf coast up the East coast.. The system is currently causing snow and major ice in the new England states. Here we were in the mid 50’s all day yesterday with rain and then in the evening the rain became heavy. ended up with 2 - 3 inches of rain in the area. My Davis vantage pro measured 2.06 inches of rain here.
An October coastal storm system is developing off the mid Atlantic coast. It started yesterday with an area of rain developing and persisting through the night here in central Pa. This would have been a nice situation for a little snow here in January. Right now and yesterday during the afternoon the temperature held in the low 40’s Now in the Poconos and higher elevations of northern Pa. I wish I still had my place up near Hazleton and would be going up there.
An October coastal storm system is developing off the mid Atlantic coast. It started yesterday with an area of rain developing and persisting through the night here in central Pa. This would have been a nice situation for a little snow here in January. Right now and yesterday during the afternoon the temperature held in the low 40s Now in the Poconos and higher elevations of northern Pa. I wish I still had my place up near Hazleton and would be going up there.
Hurricane Ike has maximum sustained winds near 100 miles per hour right now but the real story is it’s size. It’s a big storm with hurricane force winds extending up to 115 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 255 miles from the center. The minimum pressure (945 millibars) is borderline low enough to support a category 4 storm but I imagine the size of the whole storm is keeping the gradient from being tight enough to cause the winds.
Tropical storm Hanna is approaching the East coast of the United states now with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph. It seems like there is a lot more convection today than there was yesterday but still not around the center. The minimum pressure is 980 millibars which seems a bit low to not be a hurricane but that depends on other factors too. It will make landfall in the Carolinas and move up the east coast and turn northeast.
May 12 and two nice nor’easter in the past week. This has been an cool weather week for sure. They produced tornadoes in the Midwest and in the south and heavy rain in the mid Atlantic. They even had some snow today in the laurel highlands of Pennsylvania today. This most recent storm would have made an awesome winter storm. I think it would have been a great snow maker. It’s not too fast moving and keeping temps in the 40’s in May here would lead me to believe there would have been enough cold air for snow in the winter.
A storm moving up from the south has plenty of moisture with it and warm temperatures here. This is expected to bring one to two inches of rain to central pa with possibly more where thunderstorms occur. the NWS has issued a flood watch for much of central PA due to this. This could have been pretty bad if there was a snow pack like some other years. 1996 comes to mind.
This has been a stormy winter for some areas so far this season and it’s continuing as I write this. Another storm cutting up into the great lakes to keep us on the warm side while the rich get richer with more snow and some severe weather to the south. Rain for us and maybe heavy rain. Why couldn’t it be like 2003 when we had a heavy snow storm? Oh well, at least there is a slight chance of a thunderstorm tonight.
We had a great time attending the GOTCHA event today. There were tons of prizes, including a very special Team Alamo coin. I’m very disappointed to not win that. It was hot and humid today.. It’s never a good thing when you wake up to thick fog and temperatures in the 70’s in summer. Topped out with highs in the low to mid 90s with dew points near 80. Not fun.
Hurricane Dean is a category three storm now with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. It’s over the Yucatan now being over away from it’s fuel source it should continue to weaken until it gets back over water. Dean made landfall as a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 165 miles per hour and gusts to 200 mph. It isn’t too often you get the chance to watch a strengthening category five hurricane make landfall.
About 4 years ago we had the first big snow storm I remembered in a while and the first one I experienced after moving the Mount Joy. I remember two unusual things about that storm. It was very cold through out and the barometer stayed high. The temperature stayed around 10 degrees the whole time. I didn’t remember experiencing that before. It wasn’t windy at all and very quiet outside.